Reader Question How do I stay organized when I love to shop, especially sales? I buy things I like when they go on sale, and my closet is busting at the seams. -Rita Our Response Dear Rita, I love a sale just as much as the next person. However, sometimes there’s a bit of confusion surrounding a great sale. That you REALLY need the item on sale, or is it the sale itself that you find attractive? For instance, my friend’s grandmother once bought 24 bath towels because of a great sale...and she lives alone! Today, those bath towels sit in her linen closet...only four or five out of the 24 ever being used. It’s easy to get drawn into the excitement of a sale, but do we really get more by getting something for less? Not when the sale item becomes another unused item cluttering up our drawers, desks, countertop or, in your case,  closet. Couponing is also quite similar. A coupon is only good if you’re going to use the item. No sense taking advantage of a ‘buy one- get one free’ coupon for orange juice if you end up tossing nearly an entire container because it goes bad before your family can consume it. Here’s a new way of thinking for you. Going shopping just because there’s a sale is putting the cart in front of the horse. Instead, when you determine that you’re in need of a new pair of jeans (perhaps those you have no longer fit or have holes in them), THEN put that item on your shopping list and buy it WHEN it goes on sale. We all LOVE to pay less for items we need or want…but if the object isn’t something you need or love, you’ll end of wasting money instead of saving it. Hope this helps! Maria Reader Clinic Submittal Have an organizing question? We'd love to hear from you. Please fill in your answers to all questions below. Then press SEND. If your browser does not allow you to use forms, just type all of your answers in an email and send the email to Your tips and ideas may be printed in one of our future newsletters as a featured Reader Tip. In addition, it may be published in one of our future books, with your name, city and state! By submitting this form, you agree to allow us to reprint your tip(s) or idea(s) in our future publications. Be sure to read our newsletter each week to find out if your tip was chosen to be featured. Thank you! Maria Gracia To submit your Organizing Question, please fill out the form below: All fields are required

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